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1.2m
in the U.S.
since 1880
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189
in the U.S.
in 2010

Margaret

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How popular is the baby name Margaret in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 1,578 1,578 0 #6 girl name
1881 1,667 1,658 9 #5 girl name
1882 1,828 1,821 7 #6 girl name
1883 1,894 1,881 13 #6 girl name
1884 2,152 2,142 10 #6 girl name
1885 2,215 2,204 11 #5 girl name
1886 2,283 2,275 8 #6 girl name
1887 2,432 2,419 13 #5 girl name
1888 2,914 2,904 10 #5 girl name
1889 2,930 2,917 13 #4 girl name
1890 3,115 3,100 15 #4 girl name
1891 3,077 3,065 12 #3 girl name
1892 3,447 3,435 12 #4 girl name
1893 3,579 3,565 14 #4 girl name
1894 3,716 3,701 15 #3 girl name
1895 3,940 3,931 9 #4 girl name
1896 4,059 4,051 8 #4 girl name
1897 4,155 4,146 9 #4 girl name
1898 4,712 4,696 16 #4 girl name
1899 4,262 4,249 13 #4 girl name
1900 5,320 5,304 16 #4 girl name
1901 4,445 4,424 21 #4 girl name
1902 5,033 5,011 22 #4 girl name
1903 5,069 5,046 23 #4 girl name
1904 5,322 5,302 20 #4 girl name
1905 5,703 5,690 13 #3 girl name
1906 6,112 6,096 16 #3 girl name
1907 6,746 6,713 33 #3 girl name
1908 7,000 6,976 24 #3 girl name
1909 7,389 7,359 30 #3 girl name
1910 8,257 8,226 31 #3 girl name
1911 9,307 9,279 28 #3 girl name
1912 12,581 12,535 46 #4 girl name
1913 14,524 14,486 38 #4 girl name
1914 17,809 17,763 46 #4 girl name
1915 23,108 23,055 53 #4 girl name
1916 25,006 24,952 54 #4 girl name
1917 25,618 25,560 58 #4 girl name
1918 27,201 27,140 61 #4 girl name
1919 26,295 26,237 58 #4 girl name
1920 28,047 27,997 50 #4 girl name
1921 28,519 28,466 53 #4 girl name
1922 26,896 26,862 34 #4 girl name
1923 26,186 26,134 52 #4 girl name
1924 26,637 26,549 88 #5 girl name
1925 24,545 24,465 80 #5 girl name
1926 23,161 23,070 91 #5 girl name
1927 22,047 21,960 87 #5 girl name
1928 20,381 20,294 87 #5 girl name
1929 19,282 19,206 76 #5 girl name
1930 18,421 18,351 70 #5 girl name
1931 17,409 17,334 75 #7 girl name
1932 16,632 16,544 88 #7 girl name
1933 15,300 15,241 59 #7 girl name
1934 15,210 15,146 64 #8 girl name
1935 14,790 14,718 72 #8 girl name
1936 14,675 14,594 81 #9 girl name
1937 15,212 15,144 68 #10 girl name
1938 15,394 15,329 65 #9 girl name
1939 15,016 14,950 66 #10 girl name
1940 15,124 15,058 66 #11 girl name
1941 15,745 15,695 50 #12 girl name
1942 16,615 16,551 64 #14 girl name
1943 17,209 17,148 61 #14 girl name
1944 16,359 16,319 40 #14 girl name
1945 15,720 15,683 37 #15 girl name
1946 18,174 18,132 42 #17 girl name
1947 20,149 20,101 48 #16 girl name
1948 18,911 18,871 40 #13 girl name
1949 19,495 19,454 41 #14 girl name
1950 18,139 18,107 32 #15 girl name
1951 17,726 17,690 36 #17 girl name
1952 17,114 17,088 26 #21 girl name
1953 16,239 16,205 34 #20 girl name
1954 15,252 15,225 27 #21 girl name
1955 14,469 14,433 36 #24 girl name
1956 13,944 13,916 28 #25 girl name
1957 13,054 13,011 43 #29 girl name
1958 12,343 12,313 30 #31 girl name
1959 11,596 11,572 24 #36 girl name
1960 11,397 11,368 29 #36 girl name
1961 10,579 10,541 38 #40 girl name
1962 10,119 10,079 40 #43 girl name
1963 9,324 9,305 19 #46 girl name
1964 9,133 9,113 20 #49 girl name
1965 7,816 7,792 24 #52 girl name
1966 6,988 6,962 26 #54 girl name
1967 6,253 6,226 27 #58 girl name
1968 5,455 5,438 17 #63 girl name
1969 5,065 5,045 20 #73 girl name
1970 4,723 4,705 18 #80 girl name
1971 4,013 4,001 12 #86 girl name
1972 3,302 3,286 16 #95 girl name
1973 3,182 3,169 13 #94 girl name
1974 3,102 3,092 10 #95 girl name
1975 2,965 2,952 13 #98 girl name
1976 2,673 2,667 6
1977 2,636 2,624 12
1978 2,645 2,634 11
1979 2,839 2,830 9
1980 2,877 2,860 17
1981 2,804 2,791 13
1982 3,012 2,998 14 #97 girl name
1983 2,959 2,942 17 #92 girl name
1984 3,057 3,042 15 #92 girl name
1985 3,085 3,069 16 #90 girl name
1986 3,090 3,080 10 #89 girl name
1987 3,155 3,144 11 #90 girl name
1988 3,151 3,138 13 #93 girl name
1989 3,319 3,285 34 #97 girl name
1990 3,387 3,370 17
1991 3,204 3,194 10
1992 3,249 3,241 8
1993 3,166 3,166 0
1994 3,111 3,104 7
1995 3,231 3,220 11
1996 3,110 3,104 6
1997 2,963 2,963 0
1998 2,969 2,962 7
1999 2,957 2,957 0
2000 3,120 3,120 0
2001 2,895 2,895 0
2002 2,674 2,674 0
2003 2,628 2,623 5
2004 2,442 2,435 7
2005 2,311 2,311 0
2006 2,188 2,188 0
2007 2,025 2,025 0
2008 1,860 1,860 0
2009 1,762 1,762 0
2010 1,697 1,697 0
2011 1,698 1,698 0
2012 1,779 1,773 6
2013 1,769 1,769 0
2014 1,945 1,945 0
2015 2,089 2,089 0

Fun Facts about the name Margaret

  • How many people with the first name Margaret have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,245,884 babies born with the first name Margaret in the United States. That's more than enough people named Margaret to occupy the country of Bahrain with an estimated population of 1,234,571 (as of April 27, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Margaret? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 1,578 new born babies.
  • When was Margaret first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Margaret is Monday, October 2nd, 1826.
  • What year had the most people named Margaret born? The highest recorded use of the first name Margaret was in 1921 with a total of 28,466 babies. That's a lot of babies named Margaret!
  • Random Margaret Factoid: According to the 1925 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Margaret ranks 9th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, 268 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 1925.
  • Weird things about the name Margaret: Your name in reverse order is Teragram. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eartarmg. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Margaret? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 189 people with the last name Margaret.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Margaret? Margaret is one of the most unique last names recorded.
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Popularity of Margaret as a last name

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Common last names for Margaret

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • Murphy
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Clark
  • Thomas
  • Sullivan
  • Kelly
  • King

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Margaret U.S.
  White 76.72% 64.26%
  African American 13.23% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.17% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.88% 16.26%

Of Last Name Margaret

People with the last name Margaret are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Margaret" mean? The list below shows the origins of Margaret as well as things modernly associated with the name Margaret such as celebrities named Margaret.

English

Origin and Meaning of Margaret

The name "Margaret" is of English origin, and it means "Pearl". It's a name commonly given to girls.

From the name of a legendary third century saint, from Old French Margaret (French Marguerite), from Latin Margarita, from Ancient Greek μαργαρίτης (margarítēs, “pearl”). The same source, through folk etymology, has produced Old English meregrot (“pearl”, literally “stone or pebble of the sea”), related to Old Saxon merigrita, merigriota (“pearl”), Old High German merigrioz, equivalent to mer- +‎ groat.

  1. A female given name.
  2. A river of southwestern Western Australia, presumed named for a cousin of John Garrett Bussell, founder of Busselton.
  3. A river of the Kimberley region of Western Australia, named for its European discoverer's sister-in-law.
  4. (astronomy) A moon of Uranus, named for a character in Much Ado About Nothing. [Discovered 2003]

Margaret was also found in the following language(s): Estonian and Norwegian

Notable Persons With the Name Margaret

Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams is an actress. She was most prominent from 2011 to present. Maisie was given the name Margaret Constance Williams on April 15th, 1997 in Bristol, England.

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Maggie Q

Maggie Q is an actress and model. She has had major accomplishments since 1998. Maggie was given the name Margaret Denise Quigley on May 22nd, 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

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Dame Maggie Smith

Dame Maggie Smith is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1952 to present. Dame was given the name Margaret Natalie Smith on December 28th, 1934 in Romford, Essex, England.

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Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan is an actress. She has been prominent since 1981. Meg was given the name Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra on November 19th, 1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut, U.S.

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Margaret Qualley

Margaret Qualley is an influential person. Margaret was given the name Sarah Margaret Qualley on October 23rd, 1994.

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Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is a historical fiction, speculative fiction, science fiction, utopian, and dystopian fiction novelist, poet, businesswoman, environmental activist, and environmentalism. Her ongoing career started in 1961. Margaret was given the name Margaret Eleanor Atwood on November 18th, 1939 in Ottawa.

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  • Margaret Sanger
    (social reformer)
  • LeAnn Rimes
    (musician)
  • Peggy Lipton
    (actress)
  • Maggie Grace
    (actress)
  • Margaret Tudor
    (royalty)
  • Margaret Trudeau
    (Spouse of the Prime Minister of Canada)
  • Yvonne De Carlo
    (actress)
  • Margaret Cho
    (musician)
  • Margaret Brown
    (socialite)
  • Margot Kidder
    (actress)
  • Margaret Hamilton
    (ceo of hamilton technologies)
  • Meg Whitman
    (famed human)
  • Margaret of Anjou
    (royalty)
  • Meg Foster
    (actress)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Margaret

Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret was royalty. She holds the title Countess of Snowdon([[#Titles, styles, and Earl of Snowdon. Princess was born as the child of George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on August 21st, 1930 in Glamis Castle, Scotland, UK. She passed away on February 9th, 2002.

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Saint Margaret

Saint Margaret was royalty. She was most active from 1070 to 1093. Saint was born as the child of Edward the Exile, Agatha, and wife of Edward the Exile in Kingdom of Hungary. She died on November 16th, 1093.

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Margaret

Margaret was royalty. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1286 to 1290. Margaret was born as the child of Eric II of Norway, Margaret of Scotland, and Queen of Norway on April 9th, 1283 in Tønsberg. She left this life on September 26th, 1290.

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Duchess of Argyll Margaret

Duchess of Argyll Margaret was a notable person. Duchess was given the name Ethel Margaret Whigham on December 1st, 1912 in Newton Mearns. She passed away on July 25th, 1993.

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Princess Louise Margaret

Princess Louise Margaret was royalty. She holds the title Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn. Princess was born as the child of Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia (1828–1885) and Princess Maria Anna of Anhalt-Dessau on July 25th, 1860 in Potsdam. She left this life on March 14th, 1917.

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Duchess of Norfolk Margaret

Duchess of Norfolk Margaret was a noble. She died on March 24th, 1399.

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What does the name Margaret mean?

Mis for mighty, your inner strength.

Ais for artistic, adding beauty to the world

Ris for reassuring, eliminating doubts!

Gis for glisten, a sparkle in your eye.

Ais for accountable, someone to be counted on

Ris for refreshing, the sparkling you.

Eis for enamoured, forever will your children be with you

Tis for treat, that you always are.

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